When the Voices ComeBrain-sick.

It’s how I describe my state in the worst of my bipolar symptoms.  It feels more positive than saying, “I’m having a bad day” or any other way of answering the question “How are you?”  But, after almost four years of blogging, I’m still hesitant to announce it.  As a rapid cycler, the icky way I feel now will change soon, so why carp?  Why give the demons a voice?  Then, the mood changes again, so I’m right back where I started.  To tell, or not to tell, that is the question.

Yesterday was one of those days where I didn’t dare pay attention to my own thoughts.  I went to the movies instead.  It’s a kind of meditation, giving the thoughts a padded corner to fuss and do their gymnastics while I turn my attention to the soft darkness of the theater, the popcorn, and the old friends up on the screen.  I went to three movies in row, seven hours of peace, seven hours of safety.  The twisted thinking and sorrow waited for me outside the theater.  We went to a nice dinner together where I ignored them with my journal and pretty fresh strawberries with whipped cream.  I forgot to take my sleep aid, so they woke me up early for another day together.

This is just the way of it.  There are days of moving forward and days, like these, where standing still is an enormous victory.  I’m thankful that I don’t judge either any more.  I’m grateful that I can simply accept being brain-sick.  It’s almost as comforting as returning to Middle Earth.  Almost.


19 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. blahpolar
    Jan 20, 2015 @ 06:13:29

    Meh. Hugs. Do you have ultradian cycling?


  2. LindaNoel
    Jan 20, 2015 @ 08:59:13

    Lovely card. ….These months of 66 yrs old, I slammed into “old” and then sort of ricocheted onto a soft bed of Oh!-I am Now Here! …where all the supposed-tos and I’m-going-tos, the I-should-haves and even the I-shouldn’t-haves are no longer relevant. Noticing the old automatics as they continue to make disruptive changes (compulsive food & $ stuff) BUT am just not despairingly engaging with them….”Oh, that. Well, clear the area and relax…” Not drowning in the brain-sick…Swim and tread in the cushioned quiet, swim into, around, over, under, away from it — get in the pool, Linda, you will love it – you always do. LindaNoel [P.S. I’m copying this to tell my therapist — haven’t seen him in several months.]


  3. stuffthatneedssaying
    Jan 20, 2015 @ 09:17:55

    I feel like I’ve done a lot of standing still. Someone commented to me that my therapist and I have made a lot of progress, and I was shocked. I feel like I’m still at the same place I was when I met her. Any progress we’ve made has been to counteract setbacks I had during that time.


  4. Littlesundog
    Jan 20, 2015 @ 10:45:13

    I have learned to roll with days like this too. Oddly, I’ve found that simply accepting my plight and doing things I find comfort in, help me to move on more quickly. This is living in the moment. What was or could be just doesn’t matter.


  5. Bev Taggart
    Jan 20, 2015 @ 14:18:14

    This pretty much says it all.  From: A Mind Divided To: Sent: Tuesday, January 20, 2015 3:55 AM Subject: [New post] Brain-Sick #yiv6456816455 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv6456816455 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv6456816455 a.yiv6456816455primaryactionlink:link, #yiv6456816455 a.yiv6456816455primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv6456816455 a.yiv6456816455primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv6456816455 a.yiv6456816455primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv6456816455 | Sandy Sue posted: “Brain-sick.It’s how I describe my state in the worst of my bipolar symptoms.  It feels more positive than saying, “I’m having a bad day” or any other way of answering the question “How are you?”  But, after almost five years of blogging, I’m still hes” | |


  6. David Kanigan
    Jan 20, 2015 @ 18:41:55

    Forward Friend. Forward.


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